When do you start back to school when you homeschool?

There are lots of opinions on when to start back to school as a homeschool family. Many of my friends school year round and take breaks every 6 to 8 weeks. I typically have a school calendar that is similar to the school system near me. This allows me to really enjoy the summer with my boys. We play, swim, fish, and relax. It’s really not that difficult to get in 180 school days from late August until the first of June. In my state, I have to log attendance for each student and keep a copy of that record in my school file. It is not a big deal compared to other states, but that is where I ascribe to the 180 school days philosophy. Truly, my children are learning every day, but I am referring to our structured school days for the purpose of this blog post.

With that said, we have started back on our math and reading lessons. We will be adding in language arts, history, and science throughout the month. This gives us time to adjust to new grade levels and makes things a little less crazy starting out a year with 4 students in 4 different grades.

I have planned a park day at the end of the month to meet with our local homeschool friends. This will give us time to catch up and start making some plans for field trips for the new school year. This time is also really important for the boys to see friends and just enjoy socializing with other homeschoolers. My local homeschool group meets monthly, in the evening, to encourage one another, ask questions, and plan events to do as a group. I have been a part of this group for more than 10 years.

I am really bad at doing a first day of school picture of the boys. I am reminded of this every year when my Facebook feed is filled with pics of kids going back to school. Maybe this year I will turn over a new leaf and take a pic. But even if I don’t, it is ok. I take plenty of pics throughout the year. What really matters is that I am there with them on a day-to-day basis. I love being with my children and being their teacher. I love taking them places and learning new things with them.

If you have any homeschool questions, you can email me or drop a comment below.

Be encouraged,


Sweet Summer Time Memories

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at https://tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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